A number of Jambands.com favorites picked up nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards. A wide variety of artists were nominated, from classic rockers like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones to more contemporary srtists like The National, Jeff Tweedy, Snarky Puppy and Gark Glark Jr., among others.
Led Zeppelin, Alabama Shakes, Jack White and David Bowie were all recognized in the Best Rock Performance Category, with Zeppelin receiving their nomination for their Celebration Day live album. Gary Clark Jr., Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney with the surviving members of Nirvana were all nominated for “Best Rock Song,” while Black Sabbath, Bowie, Kings of Leon, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age got nominations for “Best Rock Album.” In addition, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend and Tame Impala are up for the the “Best Alternative Music Album” award.
There were also some interesting nominations in the R&B categories, including a “Best Traditional R&B Performance” nod for Gary Clark Jr. In a very pleasant surprise, Snark Puppy and Lala Hathaway picked up a “Best R&B Performance” nomination for their stellar collaboration, “Something,” from Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Volume One release.
Some Jambands.com favorites were also recognized in the Americana and Roots categories as well. Steve Earle and The Dukes, Edie Brickell and Steve Martin, Sarah Jarosz, and Allen Toussaint will all be competing with each other for the “Best American Roots Song” award. Toussaint and Brickell and Martin will also go up against Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, and Mavis Staples for “Best Americana Album, while the Del McCoury Band have received a nomination for “Best Bluegrass Album.” Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy was also nominated for Producer of The Year for his work with Staples and many others.
In the “Best Blues Album” category, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Beth Hart and Joe Bonnamassa, Bobby Rush, and James Cotton have all picked up nominations.
New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band have received a nod for “Best Regional Roots Music Album,” following in the footsteps of the Rebirth Brass Band, who won the award in 2012. In addition, Femi Kuti, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the late Ravi Shankar were each nominated in the “Best World Music Album” category.
In the film categories, both Muscle Shoals and Sound City: Real to Reel got nominations for “Best Compilations Soundtrack for Visual Media,” while Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s I’m In I’m Out and I’m Gone: The Making of Get Up!, Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses and Mumford and Sons’ Road to the Red Rocks were nominated for “Best Music Film.”
Finally, Pretty Lights picked up a nomination for the “Best Dance/Electronica” category for his album A Color Map of the Sun.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 26. A full list of nominees can be found here.